A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This is a cartoon kart racing game, with no messages for the gamer to takeaway. You simply play as or against several Nickelodeon shows and race around a track or battle arena.
Positive Role Models
The characters are all cartoons from various Nickelodeon shows, such as SpongeBob SquarePants, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Legend of Korra, and so on. Most of the fictional characters are positive, like the Rugrats crew, while others are the "bad guys," like Plankton from the SpongeBob SquarePants world.
Ease of Play
Thanks to the mandatory tutorial and simplified controls, it's easy to pick up and play. Players will learn how to accelerate, drift around corners, drive over and use power-ups, fill up a slime meter, and more. There are three difficulty levels you can choose per course, too.
Violence & Scariness
This cartoon racer offers power-ups to use against rival drivers, such as baby bottle rockets, acorn bombs, or tossing nunchucks -- all to inflict damage on another driver. There's some mild cartoon violence, like an explosion, which might cause someone to spin out and slow down, but there's nothing graphic.
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There's some toilet humor, such as sounds of flatulence.
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Products & Purchases
This game's directly based on several Nickelodeon shows on the television network. You can race as or against some of the most popular characters, while many others can be assembled as part of your pit crew. There's no downloadable content (DLC) or any other in-game purchases.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand Prix is a racing game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. The game's based on several Nickelodeon shows, featuring the characters from each. There's some mild cartoon violence, such as using power-ups to spin out rival riders using bombs, rockets, fire breath attacks, nunchucks, and so on. There's no blood, gore, or graphic violence. There's a little "toilet humor" from time to time, with some flatulence sound effects. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content.
Is It Any Good?
For the most part, this racer delivers many hours of challenging fun, responsive controls, and a variety of familiar characters and power-ups. While Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand Prix is curiously missing the voices of all these iconic characters, which is a shame, but it's overall a fun and surprisingly deep kart racer. It isn't just deep in its vast roster selection and the power-ups you can use per driver, slime moves, and kart upgrades, but there's a lot of selection in modes, too. For solo gaming, there's Slime Grand Prix, Free Race, Time Trial (ghost racers), Arena (deathmatch-style), and Challenges. With the latter, there are 42 challenges to indulge in, such as beating times, hitting targets, collecting items, avoiding obstacles, performing stunts, and engaging in boss races (and not all of them are accessible until you complete earlier tasks). Multiplayer modes range from local play (2, 3, or 4 players) or online (random matchmaking or play with friends). Also be aware you'll need an account for online play (like a Nintendo Switch Online membership).
While it might not seem like a big deal, having no voices in Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand Prix -- from these familiar characters, no less -- is a huge miss in the production department. Thankfully, there's a lot more to like in this game. Players of all ages and skill levels will no doubt fall for the charm of this accessible and engaging kart racer. And if you ever wondered who might win in a race from your favorite Nickelodeon shows, this game could possibly answer that question.
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